Students in the sound design department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) are going on location with Sound Devices digital recorders in order to gain real-world experience. With the help of Sound Devices U.S. Education Dollars Program
, which offers special pricing on select models to qualified, accredited educational institutions within the U.S., SCAD is employing 30 Sound Devices, 722 Digital Recorders
and two 702T Digital Recorders
for its on-location and studio productions.
Peter Damski, who is not only professor of sound design at the university but is also a production sound mixer, the secretary of the Cinema Audio Society and the editor of the CAS Quarterly, provides a full tutorial on Sound Devices equipment in his Location Sound course.
"We rely on the Sound Devices recorders to provide trouble-free, high-quality recordings," says Damski. "There are 50+ student films scheduled for production this quarter. The machines will be in constant use."
Students use Sound Devices recorders on a daily basis, enabling them to learn on the same equipment used by professionals, which gives them a clear advantage and a competitive edge for the future. That's why Sound Devices provides U.S. students with hands-on experience on its portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment through its U.S. Educational Dollars Program.
"I have been using Sound Devices products in my professional career as a production sound mixer for several years," says Damski. "The performance of the recorders has been flawless. The recorders are easy to teach and the constant firmware updates make the machines relatively 'future-proof.' I am hoping to purchase a couple of Sound Devices 788T recorders with CL-8 mixers in the future so that I can teach multi-track mixing and recording."
Sound Devices two-channel 722 is a powerful file-based digital audio recorder. The super-compact device records and plays back audio to internal hard drives, Compact Flash cards or external FireWire drives. It records and plays uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sample rates between 32 kHz and 192 kHz. Compressed (MP3) audio recording and lossless FLAC recording are also supported.
Sound Devices two-channel 702T is a powerful two-track, file-based digital audio recorder with time code. The super-compact device records and plays back to convenient, removable Compact Flash cards, making field recording simple and fast. It writes and reads uncompressed PCM audio at 16 or 24 bits with sample rates between 32 kHz and 192 kHz. Compressed (MP3) audio playback is also supported. The time code implementation makes the 702T perfect for any dual-system video or film production application.
Both recorders implement a no-compromise audio path that includes Sound Devices' next-generation microphone preamplifiers. Designed specifically for high bandwidth and high bit-rate digital recording, these preamps set a new standard for frequency response linearity, low distortion performance and low noise.
SCAD provides a large amount of high-end equipment, such as AKG, Audio Technica, Neumann, Rode, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Sony, Tram and Electro Voice microphones; PSC, Wendt, and Digidesign mixers; Sony, Panasonic, Red, Arriflex and Bolex cameras; PSC carts; K-Tek and VdB Boom Poles; Lectrosonics wireless transmitters/receivers; and much more, for student use.
SCAD exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. SCAD has had a sound design department for six years. The Sound Devices products are used for a variety of classes, including Location Sound, Sound Effects and Foley, and Introduction to Sound Design, and also are used on almost all student film productions. Sound design faculty members come from a variety of professional backgrounds, providing students a broad spectrum of training. For more information on SCAD's sound design program, visit http://scad.edu/sound-design/index.cfm.